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date: 19 May 2024

Karl von Clausewitz 1780–1831
Prussian soldier and military theorist 

  1. Everything is very simple in war, but the simplest thing is difficult. These difficulties accumulate and produce a friction which no man can imagine exactly who has not seen war.
    On War (1832–4) bk. 1, ch. 7, tr. J. J. Graham
  2. The general unreliability of all information presents a special problem in war: all action takes place, so to speak, in a kind of twilight, which, like fog or moonlight, often tends to make things seem grotesque and larger than they really are.
    often alluded to by the phrase ‘fog of war’
    On War (1832–4) bk 2, ch. 2
  3. War is nothing but a continuation of politics with the admixture of other means.
    commonly rendered as ‘War is the continuation of politics by other means’
    On War (1832–4) bk. 8, ch. 6, sect. B